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Major Gift Announced to Fight QC Hunger PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Linda Martin   
Thursday, 06 January 2011 08:44

The Moline Foundation, and the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation Announce $30,000 Gift to River Bend Foodbank To Assist in Fight Against Local Hunger

A news conference held this morning, Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at the River Bend Foodbank, 309 12th Street, Moline, Illinois announced a major funding gift of $30,0000 from a local community foundation, the Moline Foundation and a statewide foundation, the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Oak Brook, Illinois.

The gift is the result of a challenge grant campaign held in the Quad Cities the last few weeks and conducted by the Moline Foundation. Donors in the Quad Cities contributed $15,000 in just four days to benefit the River Bend Foodbank and its hunger relief programs, including the Backpack Feeding Program. The Backpack Program strives to ensure that children don’t go hungry over the weekend when are no school meals for them to rely upon. The program serves approximately 1,200 children in the Quad Cities. Every Friday, during the school year, children participating in the Backpack Program receive free, nutritious food distributed at their school which they can then take home in their backpacks and easily prepare at home.

“This is an especially critical time in our community as food supplies are low during the cold winter. We are grateful to our donors and the opportunity to receive such a large matching grant to give to River Bend Foodbank,” said Jon Tunberg, Chairman of The Moline Foundation.

The Moline Foundation and other community foundations in Illinois were challenged to raise funds in Springfield, Champaign, Chicago, St. Charles, Peoria, and East St. Louis. Over 1.5 million people in Illinois now live in poverty. Of this number, approximately 500,000 are children. This statewide funding initiative will be used to provide nutritious meals for Illinois children through after school programs, weekend back pack feeding programs, and mobile distribution programs.

River Bend Foodbank is the largest hunger relief organization in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities, distributing 6.3 million pounds of food annually to more than 300 charitable feeding programs throughout a 22 county service area in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. More than 10,000 people receive food assistance each week through River Bend’s distribution network. The Foodbank also operates four Kids Café sites serving over 45,000 free meals to children each year, the Backpack Program which provides over 1300 Quad City children with nourishing food to take home on the weekends during the school year and the Mobile Food Pantry which directly feeds thousands of families.

As a Community Foundation, The Moline Foundation offers a range of charitable funds, allowing donors to advance a cause such as education or the environment, support an individual organization, provide flexible support for community needs or recommend individual grants. The Moline Foundation, founded in 1953, is a Community Foundation which provides funding to health, human services, education, community, workforce and economic development, the arts and other charitable organizations which benefit the citizens of Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Warren, McDonough and Henderson counties in western Illinois. The Moline Foundation receives and administers charitable gifts; has a current endowment of approximately $15 million; and handles additional funds to benefit donor wishes. The Moline Foundation also serves as a catalyst and convener to bring about solutions to problems affecting quality of life in our region.

Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation is the only statewide private foundation focused on improving the health of all children in the State of Illinois. It was created in December 2002 through an action between the State of Illinois Attorney General’s office and a private insurance carrier. This action established the Foundation which was funded with an investment of approximately $125 million.


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Written by Helen Benker   
Monday, 03 January 2011 13:00

State legislators will have a chance to learn more about the Family Development and Self Sufficiency (FaDSS) Program at an information fair being held at the Capitol on January 18th from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Iowa Family Development Alliance, the fair will include a march of FaDSS families and staff to the steps of the Capitol. FaDSS Programs from all across the state will be setting up displays on the first floor rotunda, allowing legislators to get information about the FaDSS program that operates in their districts. The event will also offer legislators an opportunity to speak with FaDSS families about how the program has affected their lives. FaDSS staff will be on hand to answer specific program questions.

The event will be held at the State Capitol, Rotunda. For additional information contact – Helen Benker, FaDSS Program Director at 563-324-3239, ext. 1373.


Harkin Announces $335,000 for Housing Counseling Services in Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Monday, 27 December 2010 08:30
WASHINGTON, D.C. – (December 23, 2010) - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that Iowa will receive $335,000 for housing counseling programs across the state.  The grants were made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support a variety of housing counseling services to homebuyers, homeowners and low-to-moderate income renters as well as the homeless.  The programs improve financial literacy, expand homeownership opportunities, improve access to affordable housing and preserve homeownership.

“Housing is one of our most basic needs, but in this economic downturn, quality, affordable housing is sometimes harder to find and for many, even harder to maintain;” said Harkin.  “These counseling programs provide an invaluable resource by offering a wide variety of assistance to a good cross-section of the population.  Coupled with the cold weather and the holiday season, this financial support comes at a critical time and will do a world of good.”

Details of each award are as follows:

United Neighbors, Inc. in Davenport – $35,000

Home Opportunities Made Easy, Inc. (HOME, Inc.) in Des Moines – $44,340.85

Iowa Finance Authority in Des Moines – $166,486.41

Center for Siouxland in Sioux City – $45,324.10

Family Management Credit Counselors, Inc. in Waterloo – $43,849.23

Galesburg Illinois National Guard Unit Gives Back to the Community PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stephanie McCurry   
Tuesday, 21 December 2010 10:38

The 444th Chemical Company Held a Local Blood Drive and Donated Food to Local Shelter.

GALESBURG, IL (12/20/2010)(readMedia)-- The 444th Chemical Company based in Galesburg wanted to do something for the local community as a way to say thank you for all of the support it has received over the past years. The 444th held a blood drive with the American Red Cross and donated cases of canned food to a local homeless shelter Dec. 18 at the Galesburg Readiness Center.

"It is a matter of giving back to a very supportive community," said 1st Sgt. Robert Heck of Edwardsville.

The Family Readiness Group (FRG), Soldiers and families were invited to donated blood and invited members of the community to do the same.

"I donated blood to show my appreciation for the support from the communities around us," said Staff Sgt. Michelle Melendez of Roseville.

The American Red Cross received 56 pints of blood during the blood drive. Almost every Soldier in the 444th donated. The blood donated is going to help cancer patients.

Over the past couple months, members of the unit have been bringing in cases of canned food to deliver to a local shelter. On Saturday all of the canned food was delivered to the Galesburg Homeless Shelter. 1st Lt. Chad Wester of Adair said he was inspired by the younger Soldiers and how much they donated to the food drive.

"The people at the shelter were very thankful," said Wester. "It was nice to meet some of the people that it was going to benefit."

"The citizens of Galesburg deserve some recognition for all their support to the Illinois National Guard," said Heck. "They give us their sons and daughters and we appreciate everything they have done for us."

Story by Staff Sgt. Stephanie McCurry, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs

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Harkin: Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Makes Military and our Country Stronger, More Just PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Monday, 20 December 2010 13:08
WASHINGTON, D.C. ­- Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) released the following statement after the Senate voted 65-31 to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, the 17-year old Defense Department law that bars gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.  The repeal was passed by the House earlier this week and will now go to the President to be signed into law.  Harkin is a cosponsor of the repeal.

“Today America took a major step toward ensuring the civil rights of its citizens by voting to discard the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.  ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is discriminatory and outdated, and our action to repeal it was long overdue.  Today, the Senate made clear that lesbian and gay Americans are first-class citizens.  The repeal has strong support in the military, both among high ranking leadership and among our enlisted personnel.  By voting to get rid of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, we not only make our military stronger and less discriminatory, but we also advance the cause of freedom for our entire country.

“As Americans, gay and lesbian individuals deserve the same employment rights as everyone else, including the right to be open about their personal lives while serving their country.  It is costly and senseless to discharge capable, qualified soldiers, or to turn away new recruits, based on sexual orientation, especially with our military under such great strain.  I am pleased that our government will no longer discriminate against individuals willing to bravely serve this county.”

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